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Old June 25, 2016, 06:56 AM   #1
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Iver Johnson Safety Automatic .32 Model #?

Hello all, what I have is an Iver Johnson top break in .32 with a 4 inch barrel. S/N B25419, I'm thinking this might be a 1st or 2nd model. The action works fine, quite the trigger pull. Definitely need a good cleaning. Here are some pics, any info/advice is always welcome. Thanks


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Old June 25, 2016, 09:54 AM   #2
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I think these are neat little pistols. I have a couple. This is a second model small frame hammerless. Goforth's book shows this one would have been manufactured in the 1900 range. These are black power cartridge models and have to be loaded very carefully. Gad custom cartridges stocks loads for these.

The missing front sight might be a challenge to find. Numrich has the .38 one, but not the .32. Might have better luck on eBay.

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Old June 25, 2016, 09:52 PM   #3
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I believe the front sight blades for the .38 and .32 are the same. No one worried a lot about sight height with guns made for 2 yard shooting.

I never bothered with buying those blades even when they were available; I made them out of sheet nickel or an actual nickel 5-cent piece. Make it a bit oversize and tap it in place and it won't need soldering.

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Old June 26, 2016, 05:11 PM   #4
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Iver Johnson Safety Automatic .32 Model #?

Thanks for the info fella's, I purchased this neat little pistol just for restoration purposes. No plans to actually fire it once complete, just admire and pass on to future generations.

BTW, are the grips originals?


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Old June 26, 2016, 05:20 PM   #5
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BTW, are the grips originals?
Probably not.
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Old June 26, 2016, 07:13 PM   #6
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I agree with gyvel. They are replacements. Should be black Bakelite with owl heads.

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Old June 27, 2016, 12:54 AM   #7
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I agree with gyvel. They are replacements. Should be black Bakelite with owl heads.

Mother of Pearl or ivory grips were available from the factory at an extra charge, but those, although they fit pretty well, aren't as well fit as a set that was installed at the factory.
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Old June 27, 2016, 08:34 AM   #8
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Wouldn't you think that factory grips would have some sort of embellishment on them? I agree that the fit is not great either.

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Old June 27, 2016, 05:04 PM   #9
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Factory grips usually had some indication of factory use, but not always. Nonetheless, those are almost certainly either home-made grips or made from grips for another gun.

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